93 results for tag: Unsuitable Timber Harvesting


Environmentalists say federal laws fail to protect threatened species like Leadbeater’s possum

By Rachel Carbonell. Updated Tue 20 Aug 2013, 2:36pm AEST. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-20/federal-laws-fail-to-protect-threatened-species/4899322 Environmentalists say the plight of Victoria's Leadbeater's possum epitomises a national failure to protect endangered species. The elusive endangered possum, which is the state's official animal emblem, is restricted to pockets of ash forests in the Central Highlands of north-east Victoria. Australian National University ecologist David Lindenmayer has studied these ash forests for 30 years. He says a combination of logging and fire has left them in dire need of protection and rehabilitation. "...

A legal showdown over the fate of Victoria’s tiny Leadbeaters possum – radio news

Posted Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:44pm AEST The battle lines are drawn again over the future of Victoria's tiny Leadbeater's possum. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-21/a-legal-showdown-over-the-fate-of-victorias-tiny/4772980?section=vic

Possum ‘needs more room’ to survive

Tom Arup. August 16, 2013. Environment editor, The Age http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/possum-needs-more-room-to-survive-20130815-2rzka.html Victoria's endangered faunal emblem, the Leadbeater's possum, has insufficient habitat to ensure the species' long-term survival, a leaked report commissioned by the state government has found. The findings have potential implications for Victoria's timber industry, with the cabinet-in-confidence report suggesting tens of thousands more hectares of forest habitat is needed to give Leadbeater's the best chance of avoiding extinction. The research - from the state government's Arthur Rylah Institute ...

New national park proposal to save the Leadbeater’s possum – radio broadcast

Updated Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:27pm AEST http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-13/new-national-park-proposal-to-save-the-leadbeaters/4884744?section=vic The leading expert on Victoria's faunal emblem, the Leadbeater's possum, says the creature faces certain extinction if governments don't take urgent action. Professor David Lindenmayer of the ANU says one thing that's absolutely essential is the creation of a new national park, protected from logging, in the mountain forests east of Melbourne. Mark Colvin

An amendment to the state’s logging laws is a threat to endangered species, say environmentalists

Oliver Milman  The Guardian, Thursday 27 June 2013 17.47 AEST The Victorian government has amended the state's logging laws in a move conservationists fear will transfer control to the timber industry and could doom endangered species such as the Leadbeater's Possum. The Sustainable Forests (Timber) Amendment Bill, which passed the lower house on Thursday, reduces the regulations binding VicForests, the state-backed forestry business. The bill removes the second part of the two-stage process that VicForests has to go through in order to secure and log tracts of Victoria's native forests. Once allocated an area of forest to log, VicForests will no ...

Loggers to help save possum

Tom Arup. June 14, 2013. Environment editor, The Age http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/loggers-to-help-save-possum-20130613-2o75y.html Under increasing pressure to ensure the survival of Victoria's endangered faunal emblem, Leadbeater's possum, the Napthine government will create a taskforce headed by the timber industry and Zoos Victoria to consider how to save the species. The move was immediately rejected by green groups, which refused to take part and criticised the creation of another committee when there was already a scientific recovery team dedicated to saving it. Scientists say the possum lost more than 40 per cent of its ...

Is it too little, too late to save the Leadbeater’s possum?

Tom Arup. June 14, 2013.   Environment editor, The Age http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/is-it-too-little-too-late-to-save-the-leadbeaters-possum-20130614-2o7ro.html Leadbeater's alone have a deep connection to Victorian history. Their loss would be a black mark on the soul of the state.    There are big problems to be solved to save Leadbeater's possum, Victoria's endangered faunal emblem. And it is good a new group formed by the Napthine Government has been charged with considering some of them.   The Leadbetter's possum.   But it is hard not to conclude that to date the state government has been dragging its ...

No Excuse for Habitat Destruction

www.sciencemag.org on May 15, 2013 IN THE PAST, MOST LOSSES OF SPECIES HAVE BEEN THE RESULT OF ignorance or an unfortunate catastrophic event (1, 2). We now see a government in a developed nation taking calculated actions to drive an endangered species to  extinction. To counter biodiversity loss, the most widely used strategy is to establish reserves. Hence, a system of protected areas was established in 2008 for Leadbeater’s possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri)— the faunal emblem of the Australian state of Victoria. This reserve system is based on a population viability analysis that uncovered the best strategy for costeffectively securing the ...

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The gathering tragedy in our forests

May 29, 2013 David Lindenmayerhttp://www.theage.com.au/victoria/the-gathering-tragedy-in-our-forests-20130529-2naih.html   Victoria's forests are beset by problems - and time is running out to provide solutions. Mention forest issues in Australia and almost everyone thinks of seemingly endless battles in Tasmania. Yet few people realise that large parts of the Victorian forest estate are in far worse shape than Tasmania's. This is because of the tiny fraction of remaining old growth, the rapid rate of overcutting of dwindling sawlog resources and the widespread use of antiquated and highly damaging clearfelling methods. Furthermore, the ...